The main equipment of the Ship Maneuvering and Control Laboratory includes a vertical planar motion mechanism (VPMM) and large amplitude horizontal planar motion mechanism (LAHPMM) of domestic leading level. They can be used to carry out the research of underwater vehicle six degrees of freedom mathematical models and the maneuverability research of wing-in-ground effect vehicles, hovercrafts, container vessels and dual-propeller dual-rudder ships.
The laboratory has developed a self-propelled model test system for various ship models, including container vessels, LNG ships (dual-propeller or single propeller) and very large crude carriers (VLCC), and has focused on the research of the impact of VLCC different loading states on maneuvering performance.
The laboratory has completed the wireless transmission-based wave height measurement of self-propelled ship models, and put forward the universal wireless measuring platform concept for the self-propelled model test system, which enables the addition of various measuring sensors to the existing self-propelled model test system and their placing at any position in the wireless signal coverage scope for physical quantity measurement so as to satisfy the future complex variable measurement requirements. Meanwhile, work is being carried out to develop underwater trail measurement and communication devices for the self-propelled model tests of underwater vehicles.
The laboratory is also used to carry out the dynamics research of underwater towing system, including the hydrodynamic testing of towing cable and towed body and the numerical simulation of the cable tension profile of towing system.